The Bulldogs defensive line ranks tied for second in the nation in team sacks. Two players who rank in the top 10 in individual sacks lead the unit. One of which is senior defensive end Chris Carter – the other being junior defensive tackle Logan Harrell. Carter talked about the defense’s performance through seven games.
“Our defense has been doing a really good job,” said Carter. “We’ve been getting a lot of pressure on a lot of opposing quarterbacks, so that’s just one thing we want to keep up.”
Fresno State enters their final five-game stretch following this week’s bye. Carter explained what the defense wants to focus on improving for the rest of the season.
“Just staying consistent,” said the senior, “And just stepping up our game even more. Taking advantage of more opportunities and cutting down on the big plays that happen on us…that’s one of our biggest emphases on the rest of the season so far.”
With nine sacks on the season, Carter ranks third in the nation in sacks. Carter commented on how it feels about his individual performance.
“It’s nice,” said Carter, “To be honest though I’ve got to credit all that to the rest of my d-line. We all work collectively as a unit. So the fact that Logan [Harrell] and I have so many sacks is just because of all those guys. They create opportunities for us on the field by taking on a man…attracting more blocks. It leaves me and Logan with the one-on-one blocks so we’re able to make the plays.”
The Bulldogs’ opponents have to focus on Carter when lining up against him. Carter responded on if he felt that opposing offenses have game planned around him.
“I’d like to hope so,” said the defensive end. “I feel like honestly that it’s getting to the point now where it’s not just me though, they’re game planning around our entire defensive line which is a great thing. We’ve been able to get 25 sacks this season…and we’re only halfway through the season. It just speaks wonders of all the hard work we’ve put in the offseason.
Opposing offensive linemen try to gain any edge on stopping Carter. Some claim that Carter is frequently held and opposing o-linemen go un-penalized. Carter commented on being held during games.
“I’m kind of used to that,” said Carter, “It’s been like that for a while, even in high school. I don’t get too worked up about it…It’s going to happen; the referees don’t see every call. I just do what I can. If it’s noticeable I try to make it as noticeable as possible. If not, I don’t care, I’ll still try to get the sack because I’m not going to let somebody grabbing my jersey stop me from that.”
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